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  • Paperback: 229 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reprint edition (8 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345533798
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345533791
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Praise for "Tapestry of Fortunes"
"A testament to the power of female friendships . . . Berg strips her writing down to what is essential and takes an unflinching look at lifelong regrets. The characters . . . will settle in your heart."--"Booklist" (starred review)
"Elizabeth Berg has carved out a place as one of America's most beloved chroniclers of female friendship."--"Chicago Tribune"
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"Luminous . . . As always, her writing is spare and lyrical, filled with . . . elegant description and profound insight."--"Library Journal"
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"An incredibly uplifting and life-affirming story . . . Berg explores the themes of change and personal reinvention with exquisite phrasing, sharply-focused attention to detail, and boundless joy and heart.""--Bookreporter"
Praise for Elizabeth Berg
"Truth rings forth clearly from every page. [Elizabeth] Berg captures the way women think--and especially the way they talk to other women--as well as any writer I can think of."--"The Charlotte Observer, "about "Talk Before Sleep"
"Elizabeth Berg's gift as a storyteller lies most powerfully in her ability to find the extraordinary in the ordinary, the remarkable in the everyday."--"The Boston Globe"
"Berg's writing is to literature what Chopin's Etudes are to music--measured, delicate, and impossible to walk away from until their completion. [Grade: ] A+."--"Entertainment Weekly"
"A writer whose luminous prose is likely to stay with you a long, long time."--"Chicago Tribune"
"Berg could be creating a new genre. . . . [She] is especially wonderful at depicting the small revealing moments of women's friendships, the offhand sharing of secrets in the grocery store."--"Kirkus Reviews"
"Berg's impeccable prose gives voice to that element in our psyche that enables us to cope with the impossible. . . . Berg writes on a higher plane."--"Booklist "
"One of the most life-affirming writers around."--"The Miami Herald"
"Berg has a gift for capturing the small, often sweet details of ordinary life."--"Newsday"

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Praise for "Tapestry of Fortunes"
A testament to the power of female friendships . . . Berg strips her writing down to what is essential and takes an unflinching look at lifelong regrets. The characters . . . will settle in your heart. "Booklist" (starred review)
Elizabeth Berg has carved out a place as one of America s most beloved chroniclers of female friendship. "Chicago Tribune"
""
Luminous . . . As always, her writing is spare and lyrical, filled with . . . elegant description and profound insight. "Library Journal"
""
An incredibly uplifting and life-affirming story . . . Berg explores the themes of change and personal reinvention with exquisite phrasing, sharply-focused attention to detail, and boundless joy and heart. " Bookreporter"
Praise for Elizabeth Berg
Truth rings forth clearly from every page. [Elizabeth] Berg captures the way women think and especially the way they talk to other women as well as any writer I can think of. "The Charlotte Observer, "about "Talk Before Sleep"
Elizabeth Berg s gift as a storyteller lies most powerfully in her ability to find the extraordinary in the ordinary, the remarkable in the everyday. "The Boston Globe"
Berg s writing is to literature what Chopin s etudes are to music measured, delicate, and impossible to walk away from until their completion. [Grade: ] A+. "Entertainment Weekly"
A writer whose luminous prose is likely to stay with you a long, long time. "Chicago Tribune"
Berg could be creating a new genre. . . . [She] is especially wonderful at depicting the small revealing moments of women s friendships, the offhand sharing of secrets in the grocery store. "Kirkus Reviews"
Berg s impeccable prose gives voice to that element in our psyche that enables us to cope with the impossible. . . . Berg writes on a higher plane. "Booklist "
One of the most life-affirming writers around. "The Miami Herald"
Berg has a gift for capturing the small, often sweet details of ordinary life. "Newsday"

"From the Hardcover edition.""

About the Author

Elizabeth Berg is the author of many bestselling novels, including "The Last Time I Saw You, Home Safe, The Year of Pleasures, "and "Dream When You re Feeling Blue, " as well as two collections of short stories and two works of nonfiction. "Open House" was an Oprah s Book Club selection, "Durable Goods "and "Joy School" were selected as ALA Best Books of the Year, "Talk Before Sleep" was short-listed for an Abby Award, and "The Pull of the Moon "was adapted into a play. Berg has been honored by both the Boston Public Library and the Chicago Public Library and is a popular speaker at venues around the country. Her work has been translated into twenty-seven languages. She lives near Chicago."


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By Julia Flyte TOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 April 2013
Format: Hardcover
Cece is a motivational speaker in her early 50s. There are elements of her life that she's not quite happy with - too much travel, never having married - but changing things up feels too hard. When her best friend Penny dies she is hit hard, but it spurs her on to make dramatic changes. She turns down further speaking opportunities, sells her house and moves into a house with three other women. The four will become immediate and close friends and over the course of this (short) book they will each address long held regrets in their lives. It's a feel good book about the power of friendship and how it's never too late to make changes in your life.

So a sweet book, and a quick and easy read, but it failed to resonate with me. It's the kind of book where everything happens too easily. Again and again, people abandon long-held principles after just one short conversation. Cece decides to sell her house and lo and behold! - a buyer turns up the very next day who wants to buy not just the house, but all the furniture too. Someone who doesn't like you is just hurting because of something that happened to them 20 years ago and if you can only get them to spill their secret - which they are longing to tell you and only you - they will be your lifelong friend. I felt like beating my head against a wall with the inanity of some of the plot elements. There were also parts that felt very dated, such as when Cece makes contact with a former flame but all of their correspondance is by post (which thankfully seems remarkably quick and efficient - if you wanted to tell someone you were arriving to see them tomorrow, would you really send them a postcard???).

Moreover, none of the central characters are fleshed out.
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She is a fantastic writer and i find her books soothing and so gripping.A pleasurable reading experience for the reader.
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2.0 out of 5 stars What a let down! 23 April 2013
By B and T LaCharite - Published on Amazon.com
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I have read every Elizabeth Berg she has written and I waited patiently for this book come out. I started the book and was just getting into it, when it ended. Just like that. 47% into the book on my kindle, it was over. What the heck? Then it starts back up with Open House? A book I read over 10 years ago! Going back and forth on the kindle, I figured I had missed something, but I hadn't. The characters were not well developed, she didn't spend enough time to let the reader get to know them and all their issues. Ms Berg also made it too frilly and cutesy, something that was a huge turn-off, no ones life is like that. Here's hoping the next one will be better, because this one left me feeling ripped off and let down.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Maybe Next Year? 20 April 2013
By Nancy R. Katz - Published on Amazon.com
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If I were asked to name my favorite authors the following names would appear: Alice Hoffman, Anne Tyler, Anita Shreve, Luanne Rice, Diane Chamberlain, Jodi Picoult, Nelson DeMille. Ken Follett, Jeffrey Archer and Elizabeth Berg. I have read every book by these authors and in the past have loved them all. In this case the operative word is "past." Unfortunately, with the exception of one or two of the above mentioned authors, their last couple of books just didn't move me the way they once did. But wait, I thought, when I purchased Elizabeth Berg's newest book, Tapestry of Fortunes. Why? Becasue Elizabeth Berg was one of my very favorite authors among favorite authors. So with wonderful memories of Pull of the Moon, Open House, Home Safe and Range of Motion, I began Tapestry of Fortunes. Unfortunately, I was sadly disppointed as I was when I read Berg's last two books.

Tapestry of Fortunes tells the story of a woman at a loss for what to do next when her best friend falls ill and suddenly dies. Living next door to Penny and her husband, Cecelia enjoys her time spent with them and her dreams of a road trip with Penny someday. But then Penny suddenly dies and Penny's husband sells their house and moves away. Cecelia, who is a motivational speaker and author of self-help books, thinks that maybe it's time for her to make some changes to her life too. Selling her home, Cecelia moves to a house with rooms to rent which is shared by 3 other women, each with their own stories and dillemmas. What happens to Cecelia and the other women should show readers that life can zig and zag as one begins to take chances. Sadly, it didn't for me.

Unfortunately, to me the book was disappointing, filled with cliches and an overwhelmingly unrealistic and happily ever after ending for all of the women. Consider that Cecelia sells her house in one day, moves to a room in one dday where she is able to identify with the other women at once and finally finds an old love and the years roll away. Too many coincidences? Perhaps, but in the end even Cecelia's tarot reading cards didn't provide enough of my interest and the picture perfect ending was just too much.

Perhaps I expected too much from this author and the other favorites I have loved in the past. Or perhaps I have read their best and shouldn't go on reading them anymore. But that really isn't an option for me since I might just miss one of their best books in the future. It might just be that I will have to consider the immortal words of the Brooklyn Dodger's fans and "wait till next year" for their next books hoping one of them will be a winner.
3.0 out of 5 stars I've read every one of Ms Bergs from Joy school which is one of my all time favorites ... 3 Sept. 2016
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I've read every one of Ms Bergs from Joy school which is one of my all time favorites this lead to open house Pull of the moon and many others . However , this was not memorable for me . It was not one her strongest novels.
3.0 out of 5 stars Fast Food of Fiction 11 Jun. 2013
By Samantha Hoffman - Published on Amazon.com
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No one writes women's relationships better than Elizabeth Berg, and when Tapestry of Fortunes opened with the protagonist talking about the inscription on her best friend's grave I felt like I was home. On her tombstone are the words "Say it."
Cece, the narrator says, "Penny believed that people didn't often enough admit to what they really felt, and she thought that made for a lot of problems." I would have loved Penny - I believe her words - and I'm sorry this story wasn't more about her. As it is it's about a woman who's reeling from her friend's death and searching for new connections. The theme of unsaid feelings really isn't explored.
I so wanted to love this book as I have many of Elizabeth Berg's other work but it doesn't have the complexity of those other stories. Things happen too easily, move too quickly, work out too easily. Cece wants a change so she puts her house on the market and voila! someone makes an offer for the house and all the furnishings. Then she moves in with three other women and voila! they have no issues and all become best friends. Cece volunteers at a hospice facility where there's a young man who's dying and won't speak to anyone but voila! he speaks to Cece.
I love the complexity of Berg's earlier work, like Random Motion and Talk Before Sleep. I wanted that with this book but unfortunately Tapestry of Fortunes feels not quite finished. It's like fast food; quick, fairly tasty but not terribly satisfying.
4.0 out of 5 stars Truthfully 8 Oct. 2013
By Linda S Kennedy - Published on Amazon.com
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If you have never read anything by Elizabeth Berg before today the first thing i recommend .. read everything she has ever written! In this latest book we are once again caught up instantly in the lives of women struggling with the things all women face at some point in our middle years. The death of a best friend is the catalyst for one woman to fling herself out of her comfort zone and into a new environment . How do we reshape our lives at a point when it seems too much is written in stone?...The answer seems to be ..with veracity..by opening themselves up to the truth a small group of women decide to eat pie...unravel lies...and face their futures by throwing out something old while embracing something new ! What they discover is how much we all crave to be surrounded by the hum of life and by people who will not judge us harshly but will instead quietly pour us some tea hand us a tissue and make room on the couch for us. Elizabeth Berg never fails to do just that !! I Loved This Book!
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